The second of our 4 Living Quarters projects..
..based in Kyoto in a Machiya, a traditional wooden house in the heart of the ancient capital.
This means “flower and light road”. It takes place in the Higashiyama area, from the 10th till the 20th March, we went on the first night.
Chion-in Temple, head temple of the Jodo Sect of Buddhism. One of the most sacred sites, originally built in 1,234. It takes 17 monks to ring the heavy bell.
Kyoto, city of 100 temples actually has more, 1600 and 400 shrines…
Ikebana displays and contemporary interpretations of lantern making are craft highlights.
Some huge lanterns delight the children and take the shape of people and animals
There is even a huge lantern of the Buddha
Chanting children paraded in uniforms and the locals take the opportunity to wear traditional clothes.
Even the news anchor was in a kimono.
Despite the cold, a brave Malaysian bride and groom had decided to have their wedding photos taken at the Hanatoro.